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post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old Feb 17th, 2006, 2:52 pm Thread Starter
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Question waterproof GPS?

Am I correct that none of the popular GPS units are waterproof?

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According to the Garmin site my Quest is:

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Waterproof: IEC 60529 IPX7 standards (submersible in one meter of water for up to 30 mins.)
There is one level higher, but it is truely submersible.
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Garmin 276c is IPX7 as well. It's designed to be dual-purpose, auto navigation and marine navigation. So, leaving it on the bike in the rain isn't an issue.



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waterproof GPS

So why is the Garmin Streetpilot series so popular if it could be damaged by moisture?
Same with the Lowrance.

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The streetpilot has the same waterproofing as the 276c. The major differences are the streetpilot can take more memory ( a 2 GB module would cover all of Europe) while the 276c is at present time restricted to max 500 Mb of Garmins exclusive and expensive memory modules, if you want more you have to buy an extra module. In real life the 500 Mb are enough for any tour you will ever make and has the advantage of being considerably faster than a say 2610 with a full cf card. The other major advantage to the 276c is the screen is bigger (about 4 times the number of pixels) making it easier to read.

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The streetpilot has the same waterproofing as the 276c.
I don't understand why Garmin wouldn't advertise that fact on their website. Where did you get that info?

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Go to the Garmin website, pick the unit that interests you, download the manual and go to the technical specifications and ye shall see the light.

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Quest |Waterproof or what !

My 2yr old Quest spent 8hrs exposed in torrential storm rain back through France last summer . It was mounted in the powered Garmin bike mount up on my then 1150rs bars . Didnt miss a beat no water ingress and talked me all the way back to Bolougne faultlessly. Good enough test for me. Works a treat on the K1200GT. Its the 243mb euro version. I would go for the Quest 2 model if I was buying now.

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The Lowrance iWay 500C is also waterproof and can be submerged. It comes from a long family of marine units and exceeds all standards for "waterproofness" (is that a word?).

The Garmin 2730, which may be my next GPS, is also waterproof.

The Garmin "Quest" series is waterproof.

The Garmin 176 is waterproof.

The Garmin 276C is waterproof.

The Tom Tom Rider is waterproof.

There are many others out there that are waterproof, but this should get you started.

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